The Subconscious

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Subconscious Filing System

Most people accept that we have a conscious and a subconscious mind and during our waking day we explore and interact with the world we perceive as external to ourselves through a combination of these minds and also with the collective mind. The conscious mind examines new experiences in order to classify and file them as programs in the subconscious so we have a way to spontaneously deal with such experiences whenever they occur again in our lives. Once the experience has been stored in the subconscious we don't need to consciously go through the same thinking procedure each time the same kind of experience occurs.


Subconscious Storage System

We perceive everything outside of our bodies as separate from us that includes physical things and experiences. When we first came across a rock we took it for granted that we are not the rock and the rock is separate from us. We examined the rock and gave the name rock so from then on in every similar object is filed under the the name rock and our reaction to this experience is then stored in the subconscious. If however our first experience of rock is to have one thrown at us then of course the rock experience takes on a different meaning and is stored in a different way. It is still however filed under the same name held by the collective mind but ours will be associated with a program that most will not share.


Subconscious Autopilot

By classifying and filing our experiences in this way we build up a store of programs in the subconscious and each is activated spontaneously by recurring experiences which means that as we get older we spend more time subconsciously reacting to the world rather than consciously doing so as many people would have us believe. There is tendency for us to live our lives in autopilot somewhat like the pilot of an aeroplane who only takes command in times of danger or when faced with unfamiliar circumstances.


Stuck Subconsciously

Most people are unaware that most of what they think, say and do is subconsciously motivated and has very little to do with deliberate conscious thinking. It is difficult for someone who has been thinking about something in the same way all of his life to suddenly entertain another way of viewing the same thing. The violent reaction new ideas receive from so called intelligent people never ceases to amaze me.

I recently posted an idea in HubPages Forums which I titled The Power of Words to Change the World and included a link to a less than 2 minutes video clip on YouTube to visually demonstrate what I meant by my statement. The violent reaction I received from a fellow hubber is evidence of how closed some people become to entertain anything that does not fit their subconscious programs. Even when I attempted to engage in discussion I was told by this same person So far, since knowing you from the first time we met, this has to be the dumbest thing you've said.”

Here is a link to the forum post: The Power of Words to Change the World http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/76853

Now this is a person who states in his profile Yes, there happens to be a chance, that you will disagree. And, should you disagree, then I hope you would be a big enough person to rationally discuss anything you do not like.”

There can be no rational discussion with people who are living on autopilot and especially when those same people then claim to be the authority on truth.

I have no feelings one way or another about this individual but I am thankful for this encounter with him because it serves very well to illustrate the ideas I put before you here in this article.

You will also note that all the while I dealing with that hubber's aggression I am having a very stimulating conversation with another hubber on the same thread who states very clearly from the onset that he is willing to entertain discussion on this unfamiliar way of looking at things. You can see from these parallel discussions discussions two completely different realities created by each person's choice of words.


Ideas and Opinions are not Truth


An opinion or idea is just that, an idea until such time as enough people share the same idea in which case it then becomes a belief and eventually classified as fact. Once an idea has been labelled as fact by the collective mind then it will be defended tooth and nail by anything that might threaten its status. All of this happens subconsciously and we are at the mercy of forces that are acting below the level of our conscious awareness and all the time we are imagining that we are in control and rational! Seen in this perspective doesn't it make you wonder if you would not have been one of those people in the crowd calling for the crucifixion of Jesus had you been alive then?


Questioning what we continue to blindly hold sacred

Unless we teach ourselves to question consciously everything we think, say or do then we are at the mercy of these subconscious forces and don't even know we are. Most of what we know is based on classifications we have made as children and are as adults still spontaneously reacting to those same classifications we created as children. Isn't it time we woke up and rather than resting on imaginary laurels wouldn't it serve us better to see people as our brothers and sisters and entertain the ideas they have to share as simply an opportunity to question our own and realise that the world we imagine as real may not be as cut and dry as the ego presents it.


The Subconscious and Hypnosis

The subconscious mind takes care of all the things we don't need to be consciously aware of like our heart beat, breathing and a myriad of other bodily functions that would otherwise take up all our thinking and leave normal living impossible. The subconscious programs like walking, talking and driving are programs you have deliberately created and and so now you do all of those things automatically without having to analyse them the way you did when you first started to learn how to do them.

The subconscious mind also stores how we view ourselves and the world and when that is not open to change then we have conflict within and without. Hypnosis is actually a very effective way to call the subconscious dogs off and allows us to entertain ideas we would normally dismiss out of hand. This does not mean that you will automatically take on these new ideas as you ultimately are the highest authority in your own life and you are the one who chooses to believe or not believe what you wish.

It is the subconscious mind that is the power behind your life and hypnosis provides you with facility to examine your beliefs and question them without you feeling threatened.


The Subconscious Power Behind Your Life

This is the first in a series of hubs I intend to write on this subject and hope that I have at least created an environment with this hub that encourages open questioning of ideas and makes some of you think about beliefs you have held sacred up to now about yourself and the world and above questioning.


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clark farley 5 years ago

in all seriousness, no one involved in an activity as represented in these pages can possibly question (the existance) of the sub-conscious. After all, who do you think I am?

I totally agree with the idea that we all-too-often live life on 'autopilot', allowing a part of ourselves to make decision for us.

Think about what that means!

Today is a lot like yesterday on the gross scale, sky is blue, up is that way, the ocean is wet but the important aspects of today, such as:

what do I want? what do I need? who are you and what do you mean to me?...those are not questions that should be relegated to a scrip that we have been following for all of our lives up to today.

Want to hear an old, familiar saying in a context that will make you cringe?

"...As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end."

I believe that when I was 'taught' that as a child, it was meant to be reassuring or comforting or something.

This morning, not so sure.


diogenes 5 years ago

Well put. And now we have science showing through experiment that we actually affect the course of events in the universe with our own minds and may, indeed, create all of it! (See the twin stream of elektrons experiment, etc). There may be a lot we don't know, but we may also soon create our own explanations! bob


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The world is constantly changing - and so is my mind:). I love this hub SW and you are talking about a very important subject. If others would open their minds they could see the truth of it. I appreciate your insight and all that you share. The subconscious can be very tricky don't you think?


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Thank you Spirit Whisperer, Your hub is exactly what I needed to hear right now especially the video. I am going through challenges with my marriage right now. I will utilize these facts I have just found in this hub as a way to help my situation. My "thumbs up" to this hub means that your thoughts are totally agreed upon and I make a "conscious" effort to store these facts into my "subconscious". Thanks.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Bob for your comment and I had a look at your latest hub http://hubpages.com/education/Does-the-Human-Brain... in which you talk about the electron having a mind of its own. Very nice!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

clark farley very nice of you to stop by and read my hub. I am not quite sure I follow everything you say here and would appreciate some elaboration to clarify the points you make. Thank you.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Pocahontas I am so glad you like this one and I know you warned me about how nasty things could get in those forums but I just had to see for myself. Every cloud has a silver lining as they say so the experience inspired this hub! Did you read the thread? I think you should now write a hub on this trick subconscious of yours and I will definitely link this one to it! You have a good day cooking, cleaning and doing all the things a real housewife does subconsciously while you write your hubs consciously on that iPad with those worn out keys LOL!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Tina, I appreciate the comment and am happy that my words helped you in some way.I am sorry to hear that you are going through a bad patch and hope you find your way through. Listen to your inner voice of wisdom because the Holy Spirit will guide you if you ask. Focus on all the amazing things you have, you do and you are and keep giving thanks for them. When you choose your thoughts you change your feelings so don't allow yourself to be hijacked by thoughts that would make you feel bad. Here cheer yourself up with this, my favourite video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVUih5nY9g

Take care of yourself.


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Slarty O'Brian 5 years ago from Canada

Great Hub. ;) One of your best.


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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Very interesting, and informative,SW. I just loved it! Thank you for choosing a subject that we all can relate.I also love the picture.Suits the topic perfectly!

Thank you for sharing this!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Slarty.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you MysteriousOne I appreciate you stopping by and yes I love the picture. The artist is one of my friends in deviantart. If you click on the picture you will be taken to her breathtaking gallery.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Wowee! See SW - I do not want any part of that! No sir. Would you like one lump or two - comes to mind;)

Also I wish I could do the housework while I was unconscious!! Lol Doc!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I sooo agree with this article. Having an open mind has completely changed my perspective on many things. The subconscious beliefs creep in at times. Thank you for sharing with us.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

always exploring thank you for visiting and your comment is greatly appreciated.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..thank you for making me think and open up my mind to new possibilities - when the seed has been planted and these thought processes are nurtured then the possibilities are endless .......

I have featured your hub name on my profile introduction page here at the Hub!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you epigramman for your very generous comment and gesture. What goes around comes around and by what I see around all of your work you are receiving a lot of love.

Here is to endless possibilities and love!


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Safe Harbour 5 years ago from Co.Waterford, Ireland

SW. Another great article. The angry reaction from the other hubber is just that. All anger coems from fear. Many teachers show us the same truth as you have laid down here, that we are on autopilot. Ramana asks us to constantly ask ourselves, who am I ? de Mello asks us to Observe oursleves in the 3rd person so we can actually see how much we operate on autopilot. I would ask those who refute the truth of your article to try the simple exercise of observing themselves in the 3rd person as if they were looking at themselves carrying out an activity.

You are however being a bit unfair. You are asking people to wake up. No one wants to wake up , we all love to dream and to believe that dream. So when you shake someone dont be surprised when they shout at you !


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

SH Yes, you are absolutely right. When you shake someone from a sleep they are unlikely to give you a hug. I must learn to rouse them more gently! I appreciate your comment as I know how busy you are. Thank you.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Most informative article Spirit. What do you say to those who aver the sub-conscious holds everything and knows everything from a persons past lives- sort of a akashic record type storage. They also believe that although man-kind for the most part is not on a spiritual level yet to access it directly one can be open to it for great benefit in their lives. Different kind of comment, er. Peace in all ways my friend.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Alastar for reading and I would agree with what you have to say. Your comment is much appreciated.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks Spirit, its not necessarily what I believe, just a position to ponder.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

The problem with some beliefs is that there are many layers to them. I have spent many years working with the subconscious in my profession as hypno-psychotherapist and I know as much about it now as I ever did. The reason I say this is because the subconscious is not the world of know-ledge. It is the world of emotions and feelings. I have written a couple of articles that I would love you to read sometime that might shed some light on what I am saying and how there is much more to it than even what you said in your comment and if you are interested we can then pursue the discussion. here are the links.

Resurrection from the Mind:

http://manxhypnosis.com/blog/?p=514

Maya Illusion

http://manxhypnosis.com/blog/?p=542


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I found your article totally captivating and extremely interesting, thank you. Voting up and bookmarking for reference, many thanks again.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you acaetnna for taking the time to read my article and your comment is much appreciated.

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